Portland Path Blazers guard McCollum has been one of many greatest causes his staff is within the postseason, averaging 21 factors, 4 rebounds and three assists per recreation within the 2018-19 season. His NBA profession is an extension of his earlier success on the collegiate degree.
McCollum started his collegiate profession after graduating from Glen Oak Excessive College in Canton, Ohio. As a freshman within the 2009-10 season, McCollum led not solely his alma mater Lehigh in scoring however the whole Patriot League and received the league’s Participant of the Yr award. McCollum was additionally an on the spot sensation on the defensive finish of the court docket, main the league in steals.
Lehigh, which is positioned in Bethlehem, Penn., received 22 video games that season and certified for the NCAA males’s event for the primary time in six years. The Mountain Hawks misplaced their opening-round recreation to top-seeded Kansas, nonetheless.
After McCollum’s sophomore season of 2010-11 which noticed Lehigh go 16-15 and fail to achieve the NCAA event, McCollum and the Mountain Hawks had their most profitable marketing campaign of his profession in his junior 12 months of 2011-12.
McCollum averaged 21.9 factors per recreation that season, once more main the league in scoring to win the league’s Participant of the Yr award for a second time. Once more, McCollum was a stalwart defensively, main the league in defensive effectivity and steals as a junior. Lehigh went 27-Eight that season and received its NCAA event opening-round recreation in opposition to Duke in a uncommon 15-over-a-2 upset. That Cinderella story was short-lived, nonetheless, as it will fall in its subsequent recreation to Xavier.
McCollum’s senior season was a repeat of his sophomore 12 months by which the Mountain Hawks failed to achieve the NCAA event although they received 21 video games. McCollum really had his greatest season statistically in 2012-13, averaging 23.9 factors together with 5 rebounds and a couple of.9 assists per contest.
His collegiate totals of two,361 factors, 696 rebounds, 304 rebounds, and 228 steals together with 86 wins helped make him the 10th-overall choice within the 2013 NBA Draft. The Path Blazers have loved his providers since, main to 3 50-win seasons. Portland has made the playoffs yearly since drafting McCollum.
Although the Path Blazers have certified for the postseason yearly, success within the playoffs has been restricted throughout McCollum’s profession. In three of the 5 playoff runs together with McCollum, Portland misplaced its opening-round collection. After early exits in each the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, the Path Blazers’ failures to advance within the NBA’s Western Convention bracket drew the ire of a disgruntled fan to which McCollum responded on Twitter.
McCollum additional responded to the criticism on Sunday in Recreation 1 of the Portland’s Western Convention quarterfinals collection in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, regardless of being a query mark with a strained left knee. McCollum scored 24 factors, grabbed six rebounds and made three assists to enhance going 3-for-5 from 3-point vary to assist the Path Blazers take a 1-Zero lead within the collection 104-99. Recreation 2 will probably be Tuesday, April 16, in Portland at 10:30 p.m. ET and broadcast on TNT.
McCollum was among the many greatest collegiate gamers within the nation throughout his 4 years at Lehigh and has been an integral a part of Portland’s success since being drafted by the Path Blazers. All he lacks is additional postseason success to propel his legacy.